I knew that many of our leaders such as Dr. Akin, Dr. Mohler, Dr. Russ Moore, SBC President Ronnie Floyd and others catch a lot flack on social media sometimes, and get hit with, even occasionally rude and confrontational tweets. Once I discovered this button, I would check it occasionally and I realized just how much these men get hit with every day. Although everyone doesn't interact with them negatively, I can't imagine what it might be like for them at certain times.
Earlier today, I saw another man I greatly respect, Dr. Bruce Ashford (Provost at SEBTS where I attend) deal with a situation on his Facebook page. It was just another example of how these men consistently put themselves out there, often for our sake. Please join me in praying for them often. Just like praying for our own pastors, we need to pray for these men who lead us, our denominations (notice the plural, as I am also very grateful from men from many denominations besides my own), our seminaries and other parachurch organizations.
Here are some passages that can help us pray.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.With Romans 12:2 we can pray that God will always be transforming the minds of our leaders, so that they will always be walking in His will and pleasing Him.
The Lord God has given Me the tongue of disciples,With this passage from Isaiah, we can pray that our leaders will speak as God has instructed, sustaining the weary.
That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not disobedient
Nor did I turn back.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.With this passage we can pray that the Lord will fill our leaders with His joy and peace, and that He will grow the trust our leaders have in Him and that our leaders will overflow with hope and peace.
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.This is a great prayer to ask God to equip those who lead us to do His will.